Ennio Morricone, , (born November 10, 1928) is an Italian composer, orchestrator and conductor, who has written music for more than 500 motion pictures and television series, as well as contemporary and modern classical works. His scores have been included in over forty award-winning films.
Morricone became known worldwide by composing the film scores for Spaghetti Westerns directed and/or produced by Sergio Leone, including A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), A Fistful of Dynamite (1971) and My Name is Nobody (1973).
During the sixties and seventies, Morricone built long-term associations with European directors such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Henri Verneuil, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Terence Young, Sergio Corbucci, Dario Argento and Elio Petri. He composed music for all film genres, ranging from comedy and drama to action thrillers and historical films. As a consequence, his career includes a wide range of composition genres, making him one of the world's most versatile, prolific and influential composers.